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03 April 2017

WWF Scotland

MEDIA COMMENT

For immediate use: Monday 3 April 2017

NICOLA STURGEON SIGNS CLIMATE AGREEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA – WWF comment

+ Climate agreement welcomed by U.S. and Scottish campaigners

Environmental groups on both sides of the Atlantic have today (Monday 3 April) welcomed the signing of a joint agreement on tackling climate change by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Governor of California. [1]

WWF-US Senior Vice President of Climate Change and Energy, Lou Leonard, said:

“It is good to see climate action high on the agenda of Scotland’s First Minister on her trip to the United States. This is a strong reminder that climate change is a priority for our allies around the world.

“Over the years, California and Scotland have inspired the world by setting bold targets and investing in a clean economy. Now both governments are looking to collectively up their game. To successfully address the climate challenge, it is essential that the leading players work together to do even more.

“To prove this model works, Scotland and California now need to deliver on their climate targets while improving the lives of their people. At a time when human-caused climate change is driving increasing impacts on people around the world, it is in all of our interests that these kinds of partnerships succeed.”

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said:

“The global transition to low-carbon future is already underway and it’s unstoppable. The real issue is how quickly we will get there, not whether we will get there. That’s why it’s fantastic to see the First Minister in the U.S. seeking to work with others prepared to stand up for people and nature threatened by global climate change.

“Scotland has a very positive story to share globally about how it has successfully created thousands of jobs and reduced carbon emissions from its power sector through the use of renewables.

“However, I’m also hoping that the First Minister will return from the U.S. full of ideas on how to repeat the success we’ve had in powering our homes and businesses with renewables in order to start reducing carbon pollution from Scotland’s transport and heating sectors.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

[1] Scottish Government press release https://news.gov.scot/news/scotland-and-california-tackling-climate-change